We decided to play a historical match-up (HORRORS!) of Prussians vs. Russians. 3 brigades of infantry each with a battery, a reserve brigade usually made up of grenadiers, and a cavalry brigade. Each brigade had a brigadier and there was a bigger general in over-all command. Andy's Prussian generals were pretty good all around. The Russians... less so. I had good generals (8 on a scale of 10) as over-all commander and in command of one of the infantry brigades, mediocre generals in charge of the cavalry and an infantry brigade, and what the rules refer to as an "idiot general" leading the last infantry brigade and the reserve. The Russian reserve was 2 grenadier battalions, a Russian line battalion, and an Austrian line battalion. The cavalry was a regiment each of dragoons and horse grenadiers at 16 each, the Horse Guard regiment of 16, and a regiment of Cossacks, also at 16. Each infantry brigade had four infantry regiments, 24 figures strong - which makes them average sized for Black Powder.
|Two views of the table top|
|The cavalry entered first - Russians commanded by Rob - Horse grenadiers, cossacks, the Horse Guards, and dragoons|
|The Russian Infantry advances on the Russian right. These troops were based for the Koenigkrieg rules but strapping two battalions together made for a good unit for Black Powder.|
|Another view of Andy's cavalry brigade|
|Andy's commanding general - on loan from my wife's Bavarian army.|
|The cavalry melee with the Cossacks still in attendance.|
|A (bad) photo of Andy's first-on-the-table infantry brigade... Fusiliers all.|
|Dragoons vs. dragoons|
For the Seven Years War, Black Powder seems to work fine. It is quite playable and has a great feel for the period. Rules where casualties are not removed are not everyone's cup of tea, but I think it works well for this set of rules.
It was really good to play SYW gaming again. In retrospect, I think I should've put the Cossacks in the front line rather than behind the horse grenadiers. One thing I can't get around is the poor quality of the Russian generals. This is historical for this period; many of the Russian officer corps were known for their laziness and their lack of thought, independent or other-wise. We'll no matter what, I'm looking forward to our next outing with Der Alte Fritz, von Brown, and the boys. We'll also need more time.
|The horse grenadiers take on a regiment of dragoons who were recently promoted to Prussian!|
|The better-generaled Russian infantry brigade in their sleeved waistcoats. In this period, the Russian infantry often left their green coats in the baggage and fought in their red waistcoats|
|Andy advances his brigade of fusiliers in support of the cavalry.|
|Another view of the waistcoat crew. The Horse Guards have fallen back through them and the horse grenadiers are in trouble in the distance. It's also been raining dice.|
|The Prussian advance continues.|
|Der Alte Fritz's Brummer - the Prussian artillery|
|The far right brigade FINALLY reached the hill and unlimbered their artillery. I'm unjustly proud of my hand-painted flags. The Archangel Regiment with their red-brown gaiters is in the forefront.|
|Andy's trailing brigade.|
One regiment is of "hat-men", regular line infantry in tricorn hats rather than fusiliers in their low mitre caps.
|A late photo from Andy - a great overview of the field from the Prussian side|
|Another from Andy - Looking down the road from the village|
I'm getting to like Black Powder more and more. I'm hoping to use it for ACW in particular. I want to thank Cecil and Tim at The Games Chamber for allowing us to use their table space this afternoon. And we were out in time for this evening's game league play!